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Alcatel sales exec convicted in Malaysia

An account executive with Alcatel Malaysia was sentenced to two years in prison and fined about $40,000 last week after being convicted in a Kuala Lumpur court of bribing a procurement official at state-owned Telekom Malaysia Berhad.

Radziah Ani, 51, was also ordered to serve an additional eight months in jail if she can’t pay the fine.

She was formerly employed by Alcatel Network Systems (M) Sdn Bhd.

The judge stayed the sentence  pending an appeal. 

The defendant was freed on bail equivalent to $15,000.

Nine witnesses testified for the prosecution, according to the Malay Mail.

The offenses occurred in 2006.

Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent S.A. settled FCPA violations in 2010 by paying $137 million to the DOJ and SEC for bribing officials in Costa Rica, Honduras, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

The settlement landed Alcatel on our top ten list.

In a two-count criminal information, the DOJ charged the company with violating the internal controls and books and records provisions of the FCPA.

Alcatel-Lucent — which provides telecommunications equipment and services — was formed in 2006 after U.S.-based Lucent Technologies merged with Alcatel.

The illegal conduct started in the late 1990s and continued through 2006, U.S. prosecutors said.

Overall, Alcatel-Lucent admitted making $48.1 million in profits as a result of its bribery.

In Malaysia, the former Alcatel salesperson was prosecuted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Prosecutors charged Radziah under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.

They said she offered ‘an Alcatel cheque to Mohd Asri Idris, 42, to secure a tender for the supply of Widerband Code Division Multiple Access (WDCMA) Mobile Communication System and the Provision of Works phase II,’ according to the Malay Mail.

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